ITALIAN WINE CLUB

JANUARY 2021

ALTO-PIEMONTE: MORE SPANNA PLEASE

Nebbiolo is King for all the right reasons. We’ll go out on a limb and say that if you sat down with two bottles of similar reputation – great producer, great vintage – but one hails from Burgundy, the other from Barolo… the likelihood of sheer enjoyment leans greatly towards the Barolo. Clearly this is a Bergamot-biased opinion, however, the consistency and predictability of Nebbiolo to perform far above its own reputation is nearly guaranteed, whereas “perfect” drinking windows for Burgundy can be notoriously difficult targets. Reaching beyond the Barolo and Barbaresco boundaries are some stunning wines that have garnered a very religious following (yours truly included) and well deserved and for all the right reasons.

Here in Alto-Piemonte, Nebbiolo (locally called Spanna) consistently and wildly over-delivers. It provides us with wines that are  transparent of terroir and nuanced with delicacy, both attributes that are often underrepresented elsewhere due to the grapes own ability to showcase its strength. Alpine wines are an education in and of themselves, but here, where royalty like Nebbiolo meets the mountains, it opens up a whole new world of ethereal enjoyment.

– Kevin Wardell, January 2021

 

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WINE #1: PRODUTTORI DI CAREMA CLASSICO

Nebbiolo
Carema, Piedmont, Italy 2016

WINE #2: ROVELLOTTI 'VALPLAZZA'

Nebbiolo
Colline Novaresi (Ghemme), Piedmont, Italy 2018

WINE #3: COLOMBERA & GARELLA COSTE DELLA SESIA

70% Nebbiolo + 15% Croatina + 15% Vespolina
Coste della Sesia (Bramaterra), Piedmont, Italy 2017

WINE #4: CASTELLO CONTI 'SPANNA' COLLINE NOVARESI

Nebbiolo
Colline Novaresi (Boca), Piedmont, Italy 2017
WINE SMARTS.

WINE SMARTS.

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